Top oil regulator to step down, report says

One of the most senior regulators of the offshore drilling industry is stepping down, effective at the end of this month, according to this report in the Washington Post.

Chris Oynes, associate director for offshore energy and minerals management at the Minerals Management Service (MMS), has been criticized for being too close with industry, according to the Post. He announced his retirement in an e-mail.

Oynes' decision comes as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a series of changes at MMS to improve oversight of the oil industry in light of the ongoing spill in the Gulf of Mexico.